Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Inspiration Skeem

The inspiration challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers this week is the website Skeem. Such lovely products! For my card inspiration, I picked this perfume bottle. This card also used the SCS sketch from today's challenge.

I started by using an Anna Griffin background stamp inked in Stampin Up's blue bayou ink on baja breeze cardstock. I then embossed French Flair and Upsy Daisy in white over the top of those panels. The sentiment is from Sense of Time (love the sentiments that come in that set!!)

Have a great day!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Grandin Road Inspiration

My card today is a *late* participation in the Grandin Road Inspiration Challenge over at SCS. I was so inspired by the collaged postcard images at Grandin Road - what a fun card project! The hydrangea is colored with Prismacolor pencils. My laundry list of stamps used (so fun!): PSX (hydrangea), Martha Stewart (butterflies), Stampington, Hero Arts, Stampin' Up, Limited Edition.

I'll leave you with a few pictures I took at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina. We visited for Easter sunrise service, and the gardens were in their full glory. Have a beautiful day!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Crafty Goings On Copic Contest

Just a quick post to let you know about a chance to win 72 Copic markers! There are only a few days left to enter. Check it out HERE.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Created by Hand Spring Challenge

I made this card for the Spring challenge at Created byHand, using the sketch challenge over at SCS. I have been hoarding my Basic Grey Periphery paper and diecuts (LOVE THEM!), but decided to take the plunge and finally use it LOL! I also used stamps from PSX, the Angel Company, and Stampington, along with some SU Kiwi Kiss ink and paper, Colorbox pigment ink, and some K and Co. paper. Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Mojo Monday

A little French flavor for the Mojo Monday Challenge this week. The Eiffel tower and flourish images are from Stampington, and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up. I used Parisian Breeze DP, along with part of a page from an old (1920s) French reader (the pale blue stamp on the text is from the $1 bin). This was a really fun sketch to work with - I tweaked it just a little bit, but hopefully kept the flavor!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Limited Supplies Card Challenge

My card today is for the "Limited Supplies" challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers . The challenge was to use only one color of cardstock, two patterned papers, and three embellishments. It's very liberating to do a card like this sometimes, because you stop obsessing over whether it "needs more" - you're simply not allowed to do it LOL!!! I made the dotty background paper with a handmade stamp. I will have a tutorial for you early next week. But for now, I am Without. My. Camera. YIPES!!!
I never knew how totally attached and addicted I am to my camera until this weekend, when hubby and my son took it on a camping trip. I tell you, it's making me NUTS!! I had wanted to finish getting photos of the stamp-making process to post with the card, take pictures of my daughter's volleyball game, take pictures at tonight's Carolina Hurricanes vs. Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game (I'll be third row away from Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal - with NO CAMERA!), and also get some shots of the beautiful blooming trees that are everywhere on this bright sunny day. Ack! But I know I will be treasuring and scrapbooking the pictures my husband brings home of their fun weekend. Still, I think we need to be a two-camera household very soon ;).
Have a wonderful weekend, and LET'S GO CANES!!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Ladies Vintage and Cutesy

We're having a gorgeous spring day here in North Carolina!! I've got some serious spring fever! Today I have two cards of vastly different styles. I just fell in love with this lovely leafy lady image from Stampington. She looks slightly annoyed, or maybe perplexed at her predicament LOL!! Anyway, I wanted to keep a limited color palette, so she's only got a few pale blue blooms for color. I went wild with embellishments - kinda wanted a collage look, but for a card - so she's sprouting butterflies, flowers and leaves. The "bloom" letters are from a really old, falling-apart book. This is one of those "just because" cards.

The next card is vastly different! It features an image from Stamping Bella - very cutesy! My daughter turned 10 this past month, so she wanted a hip gal for her party invitations. Since we only invited 6 girls, I could take some time playing with my new Copic markers. Love them!!! I'm sure many of you already know all about them, but for us newcomers, there is a great blog called I Like Markers by Marianne Walker. Some fantastic tutorials for beginners through advanced. Also check out her glossary for basics, such as: a guide to what the marker color numbers mean, so you don't have to guess at the color from your computer screen!

Have a beautiful day!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Birdy Birthday

Just a short little post today. I love this tiny bird image from Stampington (of course, I love ALL vintage birdy images!!). I also used some vintage-y blue and brown papers, Martha Stewart ribbon and pearls, Prima flowers, and some silk hydrangea blossoms sprinkled with some dazzling diamonds glitter. Have a happy day!